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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: Purchases Today
« Last post by Conor71 on Today at 08:34:40 PM »
Latest purchase:

Decided to take some steps towards rebuilding my collection of Bach's vocal music, so:

Cheap used copy.
Its not necessary to collect all of this part of Bach's output (as my interest in it is limited) but I have been able to find a small selection of works that I want and added them to a wishlist - more purchases to come (as funds allow) :).
General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by Conor71 on Today at 08:10:15 PM »
Now playing:

French Suites #1 - 4

Finished listening to Richter's Mass and now playing this recording of the French suites from Gould.
General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by Conor71 on Today at 06:42:34 PM »
Current listening:

Edit: Quite a poor picture of the recording - Mass In B Minor, BWV 232 (Karl Richter's version with Stader/Topper/Etc. playing)

Seems like a long time since I listened to any of Bach's Sacred/Vocal music - finding this very enjoyable so far.
Composing and Performing / Re: jessop's compositions
« Last post by jessop on Today at 06:35:23 PM »
First rehearsal of the first song from Insects is tomorrow! First rehearsals are always interesting.............................
Composing and Performing / Technical work for instrumental students
« Last post by jessop on Today at 06:32:21 PM »
The relentless 'You must play your major, minor scales and arpeggios!' 'you must play your Giuliani right hand exercises!' banged on and on by the music teachers employed by conservatories and music schools for the required technical exams cover the fundamentals of the 'virtuosic' repertoire and I really think regularly practising technical work makes learning new pieces a much quicker process. The musician can see where there are rapid runs, broken chords spanning several octaves and be able to efficiently execute them based on experience playing these types of things out of context.

I do wonder why it is that by far the technical work that is advocated by these establishments have their roots in the 19th century ideals of the virtuoso and are very particular to that repertoire. Personally I have found myself having to write my own technical exercises to learn music by Carter, Andriessen, Henze and others in order to be as efficient in my learning of these works as I am with the works of Giuliani, Legnani and Mertz. There is certainly a sizeable repertoire of music being played by students for which 19th century scale and exercise books are barely appropriate, yet there is only one standard set of technical work for each instrument that I have ever come across in music schools' curriculum.

Are technical exams akin to standardised testing now, or what? Is this just a futile attempt at saying 'one size fits all'?
General Classical Music Discussion / Re: Unpopular Opinions
« Last post by (poco) Sforzando on Today at 06:12:34 PM »
I think we're safe not ranking the scherzo of no.3.

No wonder it's an unpopular opinion.
General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by jessop on Today at 05:48:21 PM »
Berio's Sinfonia from this album....

What's this recording like? I have to admit I only really listen to the Boulez recording! It'd be cool to hear some other takes on this for once........
General Classical Music Discussion / Re: Unpopular Opinions
« Last post by jessop on Today at 05:44:26 PM »
Most art music electronica pales significantly with the great music that has been written and played on traditional instruments.

Actually the "traditional instruments" you speak of and "great music", is significantly more dated than electronic music. That's an issue: "I have a problem with today, so I shall look even further to the past for even more dated music".

The way electro-acoustic music is created, the way it uses sounds and the way it is consumed by it's audience hasn't even caught up in general to the 70s. The kinds of concerts we are getting in many non-classical genres are simply superior, as they are more stimulating and have a more lively atmosphere.
Regarding solely the vague genre of electronic music, non-classical electronic music tends to use a greater proportion of note spacing at one time (between low bass to higher registers simultaneously).

Electro-acoustic music isn't a fad or a dud, believe you me but like all classical music, has some major cultural adjusting to do.
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